Back to Basics of Play – Y is for YOU
We are on the penultimate Back to Basics and what I think is the most important and basic of the Back to Basics of Play – YOU. From the moment your baby is born you play with them – peek a boo behind a muslin as they sit on your lap, driving cars around the lounge with your crawler, Running backwards and forwards chasing after your toddler, being dressed up as the King for some role play, cooking it’s all you. The back to basics series on Rainy Day Mum is happily sponsored by Zulily UK my favourite on-line store check in daily to discover up to 90% of big name brands and unique designs for babies, kids, your home and YOU.
Now don’t get me wrong I’m not saying 100% of the time you play with your child it needs a balance of free play and play that you do with them so they learn to play independently here are some ideas for play that you can do with your child from baby to preschooler.
Peek a boo to Hide and Seek
With both J and T their favourite game as babies was playing peekaboo either behind a muslin cloth or even using just our hands. T is 3 months old in the picture above and as you can see loved the surprise of things still being their when the cloth was removed with a peekaboo laughed at her.
Over time peekaboo has evolved and we now play hide and seek – well more accurately at the moment J stands in front of us and tells us “Mummy go hide, T go hide I’ll count and come find you” or variations of this. We play this outside, inside and daily, the rules have changed and at nearing 4 we’re starting to play like I understand it but we still do get a lot of “You count mummy whilst I go and hide under the table!”.
Have a tea party
Head to the park
Go to the park – don’t just observe join in – Can you make it to the top of the climbing frame first? Go down the slide together, see saw, play ball basically act like a big kid it’s all about YOU joining in and having fun with the kids as well. You are never too old to go and do it.
Make a cake, help make a sandwich together, be involved in the cooking/baking – even hand it over to your partner and get them doing it with the kids as well. My husband (above) makes a mean Chicken Fajita sandwich with J. We now cook/bake at least once a week sometimes twice it’s a hands on experience I’m as much part of it as they are.
Do a craft together
The crafts and activities that I share I’m normally helping and doing with the kids – the camera beside me stopping to take a picture when I can but you don’t normally see that. For the Creative Christmas Countdown this year I was lucky enough to have someone else at home to take the pictures so you can see what really goes on. A few activities J and T do indpendently the process driven painting, gluing on their own etc… but most I’m there joining in and helping them as well.
Whether you have 1, 2 or more kids it’s always great to have another customer in the shop, another patient in the doctors or another passenger on the train. You can start off the role play or join in – don’t lead it participate – act the role you are given and play along with them. There are so many things that you can discover and learn about your child from this.
Of all of my back to basics I’ve shared this has to be my favourite and is the one that makes me smile the most. Take time out of your day and take the play back to basics with YOU playing/doing/crafting/cooking as well.
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